Its Not Easy Bein Superman (Music)
edited: Monday, October 05, 2009
By Donna Maris
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2002
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This is based on the Lyrics/Song and Video
of same..SEE VIDEO HERE!!
If you are looking for some soul searching, I have the questions, the answers are your design.
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Yesterday, I was discussing music with a friend , and his upcoming birthday.It caused me to become more reflective of life today. I have been writing that inspiration is where you find it, and not necessarily where you think. So I began to write about how music is inspiring. Nothing new there, but the lyrics to this song inspired me to relate new insight, and I want to share that perspective. It is my hope that you will perhaps arrive at some new turns in your life. Perhaps these questions will lead you to new answers,as they have been rooted in my psyche.
BY FIVE for FIGHTING:
.. I cant stand to fly, Im not that naive, I'm just out to find, the better part of me. Im more than a bird,I'm more than a plane, I'm more than some pretty face beside a train..& Its not easy to be Me..
I wish that I could cry, Fall upon my knees, Find a way to lie, 'Bout a home I'll never see....
It may sound absurd, but don't be naive, even heroes have the right to bleed,I may be disturbed but won't you concede?,Even heroes have the right to DREAM? & Its not easy to be me.
Up ahead & away Awayyy from here well its allright.. you can all sleep sound tonite.. Im not crazy or Anything..
I can't stand to fly, I'm not that naive.
Men weren't meant to ride, with clouds between their knees.I'm only a man in a silly red sheet, diggin for Kryptonite on this one way street. I'm only a man in a phony red sheet. lookin for special things Inside of Me..INSIDE OF ME..yeah inside of ME.
.inside of me INSIDE of Me ...
Im only a man in a phony red sheet, only a man lookin for a dream. Im only a man in a phony red sheet.. its not easy..
Its Not easy to Be Me. (FREE)
When I first heard this,several days ago.It finds you wondering if this IS really what Superman thought, while he was flying around? Are some of these thoughts belonging to Christopher Reeve? A very strong man who strives to overcome his injury,and succeeds in spite of it. You can visualize this.
When it comes down to it, this story opens
with "Our Hero" being shot from his birth land.
Superman is homeless& can never return home to his family, except in fantasy. He pretends to like his "hero job",even though he "secretly" hates to fly. He "Hides" behind his red sheet..Others seeing ONLY what they want, Superman longs to openly express himself and just let it go. Desires to
be acknowledged for the 'man behind the hero'.
He hides the man he is, deep inside of him.
He desires to share his dreams, its not "normal"
hence the reference to disturbed or absurd- but he's not crazy; Just someone lookin to find his
dream oneday.Lamenting how hard it is to Hide
all this & not show it, he longs to be Free.
This caused me to ask more questions about life, and about relationships in general.
How much can we really expect from one person? How much from ourselves? How much of ourselves do we hide? What happens when the conflicting selves try to merge? Is it a one way street? Or do we find ways to resolve the inner vs external beauty
conflicts? Do we ever Really accept it?
Are we hiding behind the colors of our existence?
Do we disguise ourselves in makeup or
clothes, or expensive houses or cars?
Do we justify those at the expense of our
emotional stability? Do we really need to
have vehicles that cost $80,000? Or do we
justify that amount based on lifestyle choices?
How easy is it to express our inner thoughts,
to cry, to open up and Love, or do we Run or
take Flight, rather than risk exposure?
Do you know how it feels to emotionally hang
naked? A lot of us, choose to ignore that
because of the pain involved.Some of us have
as children, never grown past that pain, those scars are deep. Healing and closure are important steps to greater acceptance of ourselves.
How much of yourself are you hiding right now?
How many of us only exist on the "inside" ?
LONGING to have the 'hidden' Love, & emotions,or
talents discovered? How many of us keep on
"pretending" we are alive, when we only exist?
How many of us continue to lie to ourselves,
thinking it will correct itself?
How much of 'US'? how much of yourself is lost
in the throes of mundane routine? How much
is lost in the process? Is it a continuous search or for an elusive dream? Do we sell ourselves short & quit too early? Do we lose our focus? Why is that? How come we allow ourselves to lose faith or suffer from tunnel vision? Was the dream not strong enough to begin with? Can we not allow
ourselves to be nurtured, and time to cultivate
our revised schemes and dreams?
How many of us just "can't stand a situation" and
tolerate it anyway? Is it because we are afraid
to risk the changes? Are we fearful because we
feel threatened and it seems like we have no
other choices? Is it safer to stay & remain unhappy? Do we Wish it away? Do we create
a plan or take action, that will cause us to
move out, move on and beyond in new directions?
Do we strive daily to bring out the better part of ourselves? Do we strive to overcome
and emerge, like a butterfly from a coccoon?
Do others admire us for our courage? Do they see the real you, the playful, loving ,good hearted
person you are? Can your loved ones say, they
absolutely love your inner & external beauty?
Are we loved for what we think and how we act
and not for this years fashions? Can we grow
beyond those prejudices?
Can we Really accept ourselves with all our faults, or MUST we appear to be the perfect person,assuming the role of the "super" woman or "super" man, because others have come to expect it from us, regardless if it is our True Identity?
How MANY of us, just ache and long to express ourselves openly and completely..without having to lie? How many of us can relate and see ourselves in these lyrics? I know I can.
Its very hard to live up to others expectations, its Not easy, just to let go, be free, just to Be. ME.
Does that sound too crazy, absurd or naive?
Copyright (c) 2002
Donna M Maris
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|Reviewed by Adria Glass (Reader)
|I most absolutely agree. And I have heard that song tons and tons of times and never REALLY heard it till you pointed all of that out. Thank you!|
|Reviewed by Dave Steele
|Yes, I relate so much to this song. I relate so much to these thoughts.
It's not easy to move forward... it is easy to simply keep doing what you're doing. There's a story about a father and a daughter. Her favorite thing in the world is a string of fake pearls. One night, daddy asks her for the pearls, but she won't let go of them. This continues, until one night she finally, tearfully gives them to daddy. In return, he gives her a string of real pearls. How often do we hang on to our own string of fake pearls, unwilling to take a chance, make a change, to let go...
I'm trying to let go. It's scary... I make a great salary, with a good company and good benefits. I'm not Superman, but I feel like my family sees an "S" on chest. Now I have to take a risk, to follow my dream. A big risk, but will that get a string of real pearls? We'll never know, if we're too busy hanging on to let go and try.
|Reviewed by Debra Conklin
|You bring up a lot of questions that I know I do not have the answers for.
But, the song in itself, is a good one. Me, I try not to think too deeply into the songs, I simply enjoy them for what they are. That particular song makes me think of my son, b/c a just last year whenever he heard it he would get his favorite "blankie" and have me knot it around his neck like a cape and he'd be Superman.
|Reviewed by Brett
|Everything Donna said was true. The writer of this song did a great job in using superman to express these fealings|
|Reviewed by Laura Klee
|I love the song it tellls the truth and it is easy to sing with. The only problem down here in Florida we can't buy the CD.|
|Reviewed by nick
|i think it inspired me to love my friends and that i love superman and all his songs|
|Reviewed by conall
|Reviewed by Victoria Murray
|I enjoy writings that make me think...SUPER JOB!
Victoria Taylor Murray
The Lambert Series"
|Reviewed by Florence B Fry
|A thought provoking article. Lot of questions to ask myself now. Hope I will like the answers :)|